Does the prospect of moving all of your junk to a new apartment make you want to just light everything of fire to avoid having to deal with it? Well, take a step back from the edge and lets us help.
Here's what you need to do:
You likely have more of it than you think. Here's how you can cut down, make your move easier, and be happier in your new home.
For your sake, weed out the junk. You, my friend, like all of us have been hoarding junk in that apartment for years. Start by clearing out all that crap. Go through your closets, and drawers and get rid of all of that junk. Make a pile, hopefully, a large pile of stuff you don’t want or need and set it aside.
Whatever you do, don't make a “maybe” pile. Guess what? That's not a thing. There is no such thing as a maybe pile, only yes and no piles.
Whatever you do, don't make a “maybe” pile. Guess what? That's not a thing.
If you can’t decide what to do with an item, then just get rid of it.
Try the “only handle it once” philosophy. Sometimes we have things we aren’t sure if we are ready to give up yet. So we set them aside to deal with later. Not only does this make your packing job harder but it also makes it take longer. If you can’t decide what to do with an item, then just get rid of it. If it's not a sure keeper, you don’t need it.
Keep in mind how much space you have at your new place. If your closet is smaller, get rid of clothes before you haul them over there. If the kitchen has less storage space, start cleaning out those plastic storage containers, honestly, how many do you really need?
Once you have moved all of the things you want to keep to your new place you have to deal with the aftermath of your old apartment. You already know this, but as a tenant, you have to get everything, everything, out of the apartment. You can’t leave behind trash or junk, you can’t even leave behind furniture that you just don’t want any more. Everything has to go. If you leave anything behind you can kiss your security deposit goodbye. They will keep it to “hire” a hauling crew to pick up the stuff you left.
You can’t leave behind trash or junk, you can’t even leave behind furniture that you just don’t want any more. Everything has to go.
Take trash down to the dumpster, clear out junk, see if your neighbors want anything, you can even ask the new tenants if they want the couch that won’t fit in your new place. Whatever you do, clear everything out. If the new tenants take you up on your offer, get it in writing and show it to the landlord before you leave the couch behind.
Or if you have accumulated a large "get rid" of the pile, (and hopefully you have) instead of trying to haul it down 3 flights of stairs and stuff it in and around the dumpster. Call someone to help bail you out. AZ Junk will remove, haul, recycle or donate all of that junk you want to get rid of. Moving could be as simple as packing up what you love and chilling with an ice cold beer while we haul off everything else.
Once you have everything out of the apartment you have one more job to do. Clean up. Again, if you want your security deposit back, make sure you leave the apartment as clean as possible. Once everything is out of the way this should be pretty easy, just a quick vacuum/sweep, wipe down the counters and you're pretty much done. See it’s not so bad.